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Not the Messiah (He's A Very Naughty Boy) - A Comedic Oratorio
Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church
Wilmington, DE
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Not the Messiah (He's A Very Naughty Boy) - A Comedic Oratorio
Whats that you say? Monty Python's Life of Brian performed as an oratorio?  It cant be true.  Oh, but yes, it is indeed true! Not the Messiah, was written and scored by Eric Idle and John Du Prez as a commission for the Luminato Arts Festival in June 2007.  Not the Messiah is a spoof of Handel's oratorio Messiah. "If our [Life of] Brian was by Matthew then this is by John (but more John Lennon and John Du Prez). In other words, it isn't sketches at all, but recitative and songs and the occasional Nine Carol Service Reader. - Eric Idle

The musical style jumps around, and Idle described it as "baroque 'n' roll.  It is a pastiche, reflecting pop, Welsh hymns, a naughty Mozart duet, country and western, doo-wop, hip hop, Broadway, Greek chorus, and Bob Dylan (in his mumbling, electric guitar and harmonica phase). "Hail to the Shoe," What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us, We Love Sheep, I Want To Be A Girl and the classic sing-along "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life are just a few of the glorious musical selections.

Its lively stuff, to be sure. In true Monty Python fashion, its a crazy soup-to-nuts, heavy on the nuts. Theres bawdy music-hall humour, a touch of Noel Coward cleverness in the lyricand a range of musical styles from gospel to mariachi. - Colin Eatock, Globe and Mail

Geoff Bruen - Brian
Kimberly Christie - Judith
Cynthia Ballentine - Mandy
Michael Popovsky - Soldier and Other Baritone-like Characters
Justin Walsh (doing his best Eric Idle impersonation) - Narrator (and a not-so-bad Bob Dylan)

Conducted by James W. Fuerst

TICKETS - $25 All Ages
(Event takes place upstairs in the church sanctuary with no assigned seating.)

Friday, April 13 @ 7:30 pm    /   Saturday, April 14 @ 7:30 pm

Basket of Cheer Raffle each night. Reception with singers & musicians immediately following performances.

All sales are final. No refunds. Exchanges are at the discretion of Bootless.


Bootless Stageworks @ St. Stephen's Church (View)
1301 North Broom Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
United States


Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Comedy > Sketch
Film > Movies
Music > Choral
Music > Symphony
Other > Fundraisers

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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